Have you been keeping an eye on Pitchfork Music Festival Week? We’re in full preview mode right now in preparation for the weekend. If you’ve missed them, here are the guides for Friday and Saturday, along with audio streams for every single artist on the lineup. The Sunday preview guide goes up tomorrow, followed by recaps of the weekend. I hope you’ll follow along! Of course if you’re just here for the free downloads and Soundcloud streams, there’s always a new edition of Pick Your Poison to keep you entertained. Don’t miss tracks in this set from Craig Williams, J Hacha De Zola, Justice, Spirit City and Victoria Monet (ft. Ariana Grande). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alex Rose, Allie X, Body Language, Diners, Factory Floor, Golden Suits, Jamila Woods (ft. Chance the Rapper), Madeira, Promises Ltd., Warehouse and much more!
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Back in action for yet another edition of Pick Your Poison. I feel like I should also mention it’s Pitchfork Music Festival week here on the site, and if you’re planning to attend or maybe just curious about what will be going down in Union Park here in Chicago this weekend, be sure to check out all the comprehensive coverage. There will be previews, recaps and photos to come, so please keep an eye out! If you’re looking for some new music, allow me to recommend downloads below from Hawker M. James, People and Stars, Ryan Hemsworth (ft. Keaton Henson & Mitski) and Tonedeff. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cole M.G.N., EZTV (ft. Jenny Lewis), Joe Budden, MYZICA, Pixies, Robert Pollard, Russian Circles, Ryley Walker, Sibling, Topaz Jones, Twist and Yohuna.
We’re back in business after an extended holiday weekend. If you’re American, I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July. Mine was spent watching fireworks on TV with a bowl of ice cream. Delicious, and perfectly relaxing. One quick thing to note, while I’ve got you here – in honor of Faronheit’s 10th anniversary, the site has been redesigned! It still doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but I think this new look is a lot cleaner and more modern. It’s been maybe five or six years since things have been overhauled to this magnitude, so this was long overdue. Hope you enjoy it! Also hope you enjoy today’s Pick Your Poison, which features some great downloads from Giorgio Moroser, The Holy, Lennart Richter and Sticky Fingers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Carl Broemel, The Chills, Joe Budden, Me2 (ft. Kid Sister), Motel Radio, Supa Bwe (ft. Chance the Rapper), Tim Presley, Tink, Towkio and more!
Today officially marks ten years since the launch of Faronheit. There will be many words and some special anniversary stuff happening in the next week or so, but I just wanted to get that formal announcement out of the way right here and now. The first four years of the site were a bit insane, to the point where music blogs were just beginning to take off and record labels became extremely litigious about free music being downloaded across every corner of the internet. It was enough to get the old version of the site shut down, and those four years of archives erased. Well, at the very least no longer active through traditional search engines. A little help from the Wayback Machine provides ample archival evidence of the magic that was the mid-to-late ’00s Blogspot boom. Anyways, the site getting shut down then sparked the move over to this current dot com location, which in my opinion has been the best thing for it. Still going strong after all these years, and still offering quality, legal music for streaming and download on a regular basis. Speaking of which, here’s today’s edition of Pick Your Poison, which features tracks from Khary, Picnic Lightning, The Qualia and Thelonious Martin (ft. Joey Purp). In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Black Dice, Brian Fresco (ft. Chance the Rapper & Blue Hawaii), Cass McCombs, DENA, DJ Esco (ft. Future), Hockey Dad, Ice Choir, LANY, Negative Gemini, Pill, Public Access T.V. and more! Happy 10 years! Thanks for reading! Let’s do 10 more?!
Since I like to keep you at least somewhat updated on the big Chicago music festivals happening, there’s some fresh news from the Riot Fest camp that’s worth mentioning. Specifically, they’ve added a few artists to the previously announced lineup. Specifically, The Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, The Julie Ruin and Julian Marley (performing Bob Marley’s Exodus) will now all be there. This just makes an already solid lineup that much better. Get over to RiotFest.org for full details and to buy 1, 2 or 3-day passes. Now let’s take care of today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s some great downloads in this set from Callie Reiff & Ronaissance, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Rizzla and VATS. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Body of Light, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Dear Hunter, Field Mouse (ft. Allison Crutchfield), Hoops, Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan (covering The Replacements), KAYE, Milemarker, Shura, Teeth & Tongue, Terror Jr and White Sea.
Just got back from a few days down in Florida for a friend’s wedding, and am somehow feeling both refreshed and tired at the same time. My mind is at peace, but my body just wants to climb into bed. It’ll probably wear off in a day or two, but it’s kind of nice for now despite all the yawning. Let’s jump right in and start the week with another quality edition of Pick Your Poison, where you can find some fresh downloads from Allie & Ivy, Amy Blaschke, Conveyor and Lion Babe. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Fialta, iji, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, Max Jury, Mild High Club, NITE-FUNK, NOTS, Omni, Psychic Twin, Touche Amore and more!
Get your Wednesday going with some quality tracks in this set from The Band Royale, DoublePlusGood, Matt Bennett, Outer Gods and Sannhet. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Colouring, Few Bits, Future Generations, The Game (ft. Jeremih), Great Good Fine Ok & Orla Gartland, The Hecks, Ian William Craig, Leagues, Owen, Rozes, Ryan Hemsworth and Towkio (ft. Joey Purp).
Let’s jump right into the week with yet another collection of tracks in this thing we call Pick Your Poison. Enjoy downloads in this set from Harpooner, Liana Banks, Love At First Sound, Mincer Ray and Steel Cranes. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Torres, Blonde Redhead, Boris, EDEN, JONES, The Legends (covering The Chainsmokers), Nite Jewel, Oxblood (ft. Korallreven), Stephen Steinbrink, The Tallest Man on Earth and Terry.
Your mid-week edition of Pick Your Poison features some excellent downloads from the likes of Clark, Ghost Camp, SATE and Young Mister. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Alphabetic, Big Gigantic (ft. GRiZ), Cheena, Gap Dream, Holly Miranda (covering Morphine), Jai Wolf (ft. Chain Gang of 1974), Kenton Slash Demon, Kllo, Merely (ft. jj), Preoccupations (fka Viet Cong), Puro Instinct and more!
My heart remains heavy following the tragic events that unfolded in Orlando over the weekend. The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place, leaving 49 dead and at least 53 wounded. I’m not here to rehash the details nor rant about gun control, terrorism, religion or sexual orientation. All of those topics have been covered elsewhere by people who are much more knowledgeable than myself. Plus, this is a music blog. You’re not visiting to read about other topics. I will say that there is an element of emotional healing that music can provide if you let it. Music has helped and continues to help me get through some of the toughest times both on a personal level as wall as some larger tragedies. That’s one of the main reasons why I continue to share all kinds of new tracks multiple times each week, with the goal of healing and inspiring. So I hope you embrace today’s Pick Your Poison, and that some of these songs help you on your life’s journey. There’s some great downloads in this set from The Harlequins, Hedge Fund, POLSKY, Powernerd and Shapes on Tape. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream tracks from Abra, Ages & Ages, BoyBoy, Cities Aviv, DownVega (covering The Time), Little Boots, LSDXOXO, Milemarker, Motion Graphics, Pill, Sleigh Bells and Terry.
As always, there’s plenty of great new music to discover with each new Pick Your Poison edition. I hope you’re taking it all in! Or as much as you can. In this particlar set, don’t miss downloads from Danah x Wippy Lion, DAWN, Mackenzie Shivers, Sherbert Gang and VoirVoir. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Adam Torres, Amber Mark (ft. Mia Mark), Chook Race, Descendents, Hanni El Khatib, The Head and the Heart, Leagues, The Lemon Twins, Marian Hill, Middle Kids, Twin River and more!
Oh hey, Monday. Didn’t see you there. Was kinda hoping that weekend would just go on forever. Alas, such things are not meant to be. At least Pick Your Poison is here to help make things better. Quality tracks in this set from Bishop Nehru, Conveyor, Love At First Sound, POllen and Stefan Weich. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new songs from Alex Lahey, Avec Sans, Drowners, Field Mouse, Jay Som, NV, Petite League, Ryan Hemsworth, School ’94, Trust Punks, Yoo-Yoo and more!
So you’re headed to Lollapalooza, and the festival doesn’t provide enough live music for your tastes. Or you’re from Chicago and detest the whole mega festival experience, and just wish you could see some of the best bands on the lineup without having to drag yourself around Grant Park for a full day of sweat and misery in the sun. Either way, the Lollapalooza Aftershows have you covered. They’re also a way for Chicago’s many concert venues to actually make a buck for a few nights since the festival “radius clause” prohibits many of the artists from performing in the Chicagoland area for a couple months both before and after Lollapalooza. Anyways, with four full days of music this year, there’s understandably a few more aftershows than usual. Just over 55 total over six days, by my count. If you’re interested in attending one or more of these, I strongly encourage you to check out the full list now and prepare for the onslaught of buying that is this Friday morning at 10 AM CST. While you wait, let me also encourage you to invest some time in today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s some great downlaods in this set from Apres (ft. Lole), Lee Bannon, Queen of the Meadow, The Valery Trails and VHOL. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Ben Chatwin, Big Business, Dappled Cities, Elijah Noll, Garden City Movement, Madeline Kenney, of Montreal, Ryley Walker, Sur Back and Yung.
Following the Memorial Day holiday, things are back in action with a brand new edition of Pick Your Poison. There’s plenty to love in this set, including tracks from Antonymes, Four Tet, Prison Escapee and Sports Boyfriend. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from The Album Leaf, Body Language, BRONCHO, Factory Floor, iji, Jenny Hval, Melody’s Echo Chamber, NAO, No Joy, Owen and Shura. So much quality here, I hope you have the chance to take it all in!
Let’s wrap up the week and prepare for a quality Memorial Day weekend with a collection of tracks great for your start of summer BBQ. There are some great downloads in this set from Boo Seeka, DJ Paypal (ft. DJ Earl & DJ Taye), Skinny Blonde and yllwshrk. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Cass McCombs (ft. Angel Olsen), Dragonette, Health&Beauty, Lidija, Michael Zaxxon, Omni, Pink Mexico, Puro Instinct (covering Madonna), Told Slant, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Whitney and more!